Dr. Peter Coppin
Peter Coppin's research seeks to improve access to information displays through a better understanding of how design conventions make use of perceptual capabilities. This research applies theories of perception and cognition to inform design decisions, and is informed by Peter's career journey, which cuts across science, engineering, and design.
In visual information design and information visualization, the majority of the research, training, and practice is focused on the techniques for creating graphic representations, such as how to draw them, arrange them, or use computer programs to generate them. Typically, very little effort is put into understanding how and why people perceive, cognitively process, react to, and socially interact through graphic representations. We seek a scientifically-grounded understanding of established conventions in the applied visual arts to inform a principled and rational approach to Visual Information Design.